Established in 1979, the Anisfield School of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business – AACSB International, the hallmark of high quality management education worldwide. The School provides students with a strong educational foundation for a lifetime of learning and for career achievement as responsible contributors and leaders. A student’s intellectual development is of paramount importance and takes place within a supportive learning environment where engaged faculty bridge theory and practice.
In the spring of 2006, the School was renamed the Anisfield School of Business in recognition of the generous gifts of the Anisfield Family. The gifts were used towards the construction of the new academic building and to provide overall support for the business program. The Anisfield School of Business building opened in 2007 and has state-of-the-art classrooms, teaching computer labs and conference facilities. In the fall of 2010, the Global Financial Trading Laboratory opened with real time access to the world’s financial data and electronic trading systems that allow students to gain valuable insight into how financial and economic theories learned in the classroom apply in real financial markets.
The undergraduate business curriculum is designed to provide students with the skills, knowledge, business principles, hands-on experiences, and support vital to understanding and appreciating the economic, social, political, cultural, and technological environment of the global economy. The Anisfield School of Business prepares students for careers in business and positions of responsibility in both the public and private sectors. Students also receive excellent preparation for pursuing graduate business and law school degrees.
The school’s MBA program prepares working professionals to become ethical and effective leaders in the global economy, able to integrate multiple perspectives into actions that make for a better future for all stakeholders. The Master of Science in Accounting (MSAC) program offers the opportunity for students to complete a “four plus one” combined B.S./M.S. in Accounting in just five years. The MSAC program provides students with the 150 credits required for the CPA.
The Anisfield School of Business places strong emphasis on teaching and mentoring. Student learning and development is of paramount importance. Faculty create and apply innovative teaching methods, interact with students in small-sized classes, deliver independent and team learning experiences, and provide ongoing one-on-one academic engagement and advisement. Faculty intellectual contributions are seen as vital in this education process. These contributions include pedagogical research to improve the instructional capabilities of faculty, practitioner research to ensure they are current and relevant in their fields, and discipline-based research to enhance them as scholars. Finally, the faculty contributes to the college and community by sharing their business expertise in private, public, and philanthropic endeavors.
The School’s faculty members hold advanced degrees in their fields, and many bring years of experience at the executive level in large and medium sized businesses. This mix of academic preparation and practical application allows students to see and experience how theory and practice interact in business. Academic advisement, career guidance, and professional development are integrated throughout a student’s years at Ramapo College.
The School offers seven undergraduate majors: B.S. in Accounting, B.A. in Economics, B.S. in Finance, B.S.in Information Technology Management, B.A. in International Business, B.S. in Management and B.S. in Marketing. The school offers minors in Accounting, Business Analytics, Economics, Finance, Information Technology Management, International Business and Marketing as well as a Business Essentials Certificate for non-business majors. The Anisfield School of Business offers two graduate programs, the Accelerated MBA for Working Professionals, and the M.S. in Accounting. Details can be found at: https://www.ramapo.edu/mba/ and https://www.ramapo.edu/ms-accounting
All business majors take a comprehensive set of core courses that cover the fundamentals of accounting, business law, business ethics, information technology management, economics, statistics, finance, international business, organizational behavior, operations management, marketing, and strategic management. In addition to building competency in these functional areas, the business core provides students with reasoning skills, communication skills, a global perspective, and an ethical and socially-responsible approach to business. These learning outcomes build upon and complement the broader liberal arts foundation that the college-wide general education courses provide.
All ASB students are required to complete the Career Pathways Program, which is intended to help students develop career management skills that can make them more successful in obtaining internships while in school and full-time employment upon graduation.
Students are encouraged to participate in the wide variety of extracurricular activities offered by the College. In addition, the Anisfield School of Business offers extracurricular opportunities through Alpha Kappa Psi (a co-ed business fraternity, Enactus (where students apply business concepts in non-profit and social-welfare contexts), a student investment club (Roadrunner Financial Group), a student chapter of the Society for the Advancement of Management, a Federal Reserve Challenge team, and the Consulting Club, as well as clubs for all of the majors and programs. ASB also sponsors a chapter of Beta Gamma Sigma, the leading national business administration honor society, a chapter of Beta Alpha Psi, the international honor society for accounting, finance and information technology management majors, and a chapter of the Omicron Delta Epsilon economics honor society.
All students in the School are given electronic mail accounts and encouraged to communicate with course instructors, advisers, and classmates using e-mail, the Moodle Classroom Management System and the College Luminis Portal.